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MIT innovation gives patients the tools to print their own medication

MIT researchers have unveiled an on-demand pharmacy that can “print” drugs for patients in their home. The picnic-cooler-sized device takes raw materials and combines them into personalized doses of prescription and over-the-counter drugs. Similar in concept to a 3D printer for items like clothing, technology and prototypes, this gadget has the potential to change how people receive and take medication.

Traditionally, a variety of roadblocks hampers access to prescription drugs. Drug assembly often takes months to finish, and happens in batches of hundreds of thousands of pills at a time. MIT researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) developed the device in an effort to bypass or alleviate these roadblocks. When fully realized, the medical printer will be able to make 1,000 doses of a drug in just 24 hours and help avoid transportation and customization issues now faced by many patients.

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